Poet - Ethanol Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. The Peoples Republic of Minnesota

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    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few plants in Minnesota.

    Cons

    Disgruntled, poor spellers at Bingham Lake.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of disgruntled folks at Bingham Lake.

  2. Helpful (4)

    If you believe in the Culture and Values, it's a great place to work...if not, see ya!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    POET provides ample training opportunities, some people are just too lazy to attend or take advantage of them. They also have been keeping up with the times as far as benefits go and when compared to other companies in the area, they are very even. The ethanol industry has struggled in the past and the reviews on here reflect that; now that it's on the upswing, it's a great place to be.

    Cons

    POET prides itself on "being caring" but this is not shown with their flex time and allowance for employee's to not work a strict 8-5 or 12-hour shift schedule. I feel the culture and "healthy" ways are being pushed way too hard on everyone and we're told we can make our own choices, but yet so much is being forced upon us and choices are taken away. Stop pushing the religious aspect in the workplace, it's not appropriate!

    There is no way for me to move up in this company, so ultimately I will have to go somewhere else to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those who are working hard for you, don't treat us all the same, we want to be recognized. If managers are throwing out money to their staff just to retain them, that's a red flag and the management should be looked at. There are plenty of managers who work here that are completely wrong for the culture we preach.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional/Office in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Professional/Office in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have worked at POET for more than 8 years and really like it. I love being a part of making the world a better place by creating more renewable energy. Benefits and pay are good and they've started putting in place a really great wellness program that includes nutrition advice and gyms at the different locations. It's a fast-paced work environment and the people are really great!

    Cons

    When I first started, it wasn't as good of an environment in the work / life balance area, but it's so much better now.

    Advice to Management

    I've really appreciated the improvements that have been made with work / life balance and with overall communication of company initiatives. Please continue with those improvements.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great pay, Great team, Respectable Industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is great at all locations and I, like my co-workers, am satisfied and proud with the work I do. The work can be challenging but if I wanted an easy job I'd work at McDonalds. Benefits are top notch and the opportunity for growth in most areas is excellent.

    Cons

    The culture was a little dry when I started but it has improved drastically. Some of the older negative reviews on here no longer reflect the company I work for today.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating, keep embracing new ideas.

  6. Employee

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    Current Employee - Worker in Bingham Lake, MN
    Current Employee - Worker in Bingham Lake, MN

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Every day is different and I like my co-workers as long as they are not management.

    Cons

    Lets see: Know there is a problem. Create a concern site but don't respond to those that e mail you. Block them or don't answer. And you wonder why? You have an OEM that tells you to shut up and just do your job. No problem?

    Advice to Management

    If you don't care to listen it wont matter so why try and give advise when you yourself wont take any?

  7. Helpful (3)

    shady company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Staff in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Staff in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay - sexy company doing big things

    Cons

    senior execs are crooked -

  8. Helpful (4)

    Maintenance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing IF they make money and IF you qualify.

    Cons

    Absolutely 0 training. Figure it out yourself and good luck. Then you have safety geeks peering around the corner and taking notes for upper management. Also you have employees who are on a continual coffee break going from department to department spreading their gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Get down and dirty with your employees. Know their jobs and act like you care even if you don't. Stop trying to baffle people with BS. Compensate them for the work they do.

  9. Helpful (3)

    who knows???

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Sioux City, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Sioux City, IA

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    still nothing to brag about

    Cons

    a lot of job openings should tell you something

    Advice to Management

    get back to core values

  10. Helpful (3)

    some time this job sucks but other times it's good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay And great benifits

    Cons

    i work a 12 hour shift and I am so sick of managers or supervisor coming in doing half there work and than leaving mid shift becuase of comp time I didn't know if a supervisor worked 2 extra hours a day they are suppose to take off 4 hours the next day there is only one supervisor that actually doesn't do this he answers his phone calls when we need help and goes on his computer to assist us all the time if need be. He might have a few issues but he is at least attempting to be a supervisor he should be a manager he is great.

    Advice to Management

    Fire some people that are worthless and promote the good guys not the other way around people are getting big heads.

  11. Helpful (2)

    I was an operations engineer intern for one summer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Operations Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Intern - Operations Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company values, drive for renewable energy and innovation, got to balance office and plant work to keep myself entertained. Plants run probably the best and most smooth out of all in the industry.

    Cons

    The company is short on engineers currently, a lot of projects that need attention.

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